This gallery exhibition offers guests a historic look into the conservation of the Everglades by three influential Florida women. May Mann Jennings, Minnie Moore-Willson and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were inspired by different causes that laid the foundation for Everglades conservation. Historical images and artifacts reveal their stories, accomplishments and legacy.
- More than a dozen historical images capture Jennings, Moore-Willson and Douglas in the Everglades as well as the Seminole people who used to live in the region.
- Visitors can see Seminole dolls, postcards of Royal Palm State Park and a book by Douglas.
- Everglades National Park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage List in 1979.
- Jennings Hall on the University of Florida campus is named after May Mann Jennings.
- The Everglades is the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie left in North America.
Photographs are courtesy of the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History at UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries, HistoryMiami Museum, University of Miami Libraries, Florida International University Libraries, the State Library and Archives of Florida and the National Park Service.